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In Defense of Food : An Eater's Manifesto

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#1 New York Times Bestseller Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we're consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: -Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.- Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. -Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation's food conscience.- -Frank Bruni, The New York Times - A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave.- -The Washington Post -A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential... [a] lively, invaluable book.- --Janet Maslin, The New York Times -In Defense of Food is written with Pollan's customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots.- -The Seattle Times Michael Pollan's most recent book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation--the story of our most trusted food expert's culinary education--was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it serves as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.show more

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143114964
  • 9780143114963
  • 86,969

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-Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation's food conscience.----Frank Bruni, The New York Times -A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave.---The Washington Post -A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential... [a] lively, invaluable book.---Janet Maslin, The New York Times -In Defense of Food is written with Pollan's customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots.---The Seattle Timesshow more

About Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, recently featured on Netflix in the four-part series Cooked, is the author of seven previous books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. www.michaelpollan.comshow more

Table of contents

In Defense Of FoodIntroduction: An Eater's Manifesto I. The Age Of Nutritionism One: From Foods to Nutrients Two: Nutritionism Defined Three: Nutritionism Comes to Market Four: Food Science's Golden Age Five: The Melting of the Lipid Hypothesis Six: Eat Right, Get Fatter Seven: Beyond the Pleasure Principle Eight: The Proof in the Low-Fat Pudding Nine: Bad Science Ten: Nutritionism's Children II. The Western Diet And The Diseases of Civilization One: The Aborigine in All of Us Two: The Elephant in the Room Three: The Industrialization of Eating: What We Do Know 1. From Whole Foods to Refined 2. From Complexity to Simplicity 3. From Quality to Quantity 4. From Leaves to Seeds 5. From Food Culture to Food Science III. Getting Over Nutritionism One: Escape from the Western Diet Two: Eat Food: Food Defined Three: Mostly Plants: What to Eat Four: Not Too Much: How to Eat Acknowledgments Sources Resources Indexshow more

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"Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation's food conscience."---Frank Bruni, The New York Times "A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave."-- The Washington Post "A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential... [a] lively, invaluable book."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times " In Defense of Food is written with Pollan's customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots."-- The Seattle Timesshow more

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